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December 16, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(25):1554-1555. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450770046006

While there has been little published in the medical journals recently on this subject it must not be supposed that the value of antitoxin in the treatment of diphtheria is not just as much appreciated as when so much was being written. As we publish this week a symposium on diphtheria, it seems an appropriate occasion to refer to the matter more fully in these columns.

Five years have now elapsed since the more or less general adoption of the antitoxin treatment of diphtheria, and the results have in every way justified the earlier anticipations. Wherever this truly specific remedy has been properly employed on any considerable scale, the previous mortality has been cut in two; and the testimony to this effect has come, not from one observer, nor from one community, nor from one part of the world, but it is well-nigh universal and unanimous. It must, however, be